Rare Splash-backed Poison Frogs are Anything But ‘Blue’ as They Fly Home to Brazil

Nineteen blue and two orange frogs were returned to Brazil. Photos by Alberto J. Gonzalez/USFWS
3 blue backed frogs
Brazil has never allowed export of this rare blue morph of splash-backed poison frogs. Photo by Alberto J. Gonzalez/USFWS
3 men, all with face coverings, all hold wooden box
An IBAMA official (left) and Service attaché (middle) pass the frogs to a São Paulo Zoo representative. Photo by Juliana Siqueira/DOS
5 blue-backed frogs, 2 are in water bowl, 1 has little blue
Scientists discovered the rare blue morph coloration of splash-backed poison frogs in 2012. Photo by Cybele Lisboa/Sao Paulo Zoo
gloved hands in terrarium with 1 blue-backed frog in dish
Disney provided expert care for almost three years in a private quarantine room. Photo by Alberto J. Gonzalez/USFWS
Group of people outside, all with face coverings. 2 hold wooden box
Service wildlife inspectors and Disney Animal Kingdom staff carefully packed the frogs for their journey home. Photo by USFWS
: 2 men with face coverings behind open wooden box give thumb’s up signs
IBAMA Agent Daniel Cravahlo and Service Attaché Bryan Landry inspect the frogs upon arrival in Brazil. Photo by Juliana Siqueira/DOS
2 orange-back frogs
Orange morph of splash-backed poison frogs. Photo by Alberto J. Gonzalez/USFWS

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